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Isaac Brock, the only Briton given credit in The Bold Canadian The Bold Canadian was a patriotic song for Canadians that originated during the War of 1812. It celebrated the conquering of Detroit in Michigan Territory. It is believed that The Bold Canadian was written by a private from the Third York Militia's First Flank Company named Cornelius Flummerfelt, who wrote the lines while marching in the Detroit campaign, or on the way back to York.[1] The song was used to further increase the numbers of Canadian militia to fight during the war.[2] Although composed in late 1812, the first publication of the song was not until 1907, when the Niagara Historical Society printed part of the song in a pamphlet about Isaac Brock.[1] Until 1907, the song was passed down in oral traditions; therefore, different versions of the song came to be. Full versions of the song were not published until 1927 when the Ontario Historical Society published two different versions of the song. In 1960, a third version was published; all three varied, with different stanzas and order of stanzas.[1] Although unpublished, the song remained popular in Canada throughout the nineteenth century, while a comparable American song, The Hunters of Kentucky, lost its popularity by the end of the Jacksonian Era.[3] Lyrics Come all you brave Canadians I'd have you lend an ear Unto a simple ditty That will your spirits cheer, Concerning an engagement We had at Sandwich town― The courage of those Yankee boys So bravely we pulled down. Their purpose to invade us Was to kill and to destroy To distress our wives and children And cause us much annoy. Our countrymen were filled With sorrow, grief and woe To think that they would fall By an unnatural foe. At length our bold commander Sir Isaac Brock by name Took shipping at Niagara And unto York he came. He said: “My valiant heroes, Will you go along with me To fight those Yankee boys In the west of Canady.” “O yes,” we all replied, “We'll go along with you Our knapsacks on our back And make no more ado.” Our fire-locks then we shouldered And straight we marched away With firm determination To shew them British play. Yes our fire-locks we shouldered Forward our course to steer To meet and fight the invader With neither dread nor fear. At Sandwich we arrived Each man with his supply With bold determination To conquer or to die. Our general sent a flag And thus to them did say: “Surrender now your garrison Or I'll fire on you this day.” Our troops then marched over Our artillery we did land And marched straight upon their town Like an undaunted band. They refused to surrender They chose to stand their ground We opened then our guns And gave them fire all around. The Yankee boys began to fear And their blood to run cold To see us marching forward So courageous and bold. Their general sent a flag of truce For quarter then they call: “Hold your hand, brave British boys, I fear you'll slay us all.” “Our town is at your command Our garrison likewise.” They brought their arms and grounded them Right down before our eyes. And they were all made prisoners On board of ship they went And from the town of Sandwich To Quebec they were sent. We guarded them from Sandwich Safe down unto Fort George And them within the town of York So safely we did lodge. And we're arrived at home Each man without a wound And the fame of this great conquest Will through the province sound. Success unto the volunteers Who thus their rights maintain Lifewise their bold commander Sir Isaac Brock by name. And being all united This is the song we'll sing Success unto Great Britain And may God Save the King. Alternative lyrics Come all ye bold Canadians, I'd have you lend an ear Unto a short ditty Which will your spirits cheer, Concerning an engagement We had at Detroit town, The pride of those Yankee boys So bravely we took down. The Yankees did invade us, To kill and to destroy, And to distress our country, Our peace for to annoy, Our countrymen were filled With sorrow, grief and woe, To think that they should fall By such an unnatural foe. Come all ye bold Canadians, Enlisted in the cause, To defend your country, And to maintain your laws; Being all united, This is the song we'll sing: Success onto Great Britain And God save the King.[4] References ^ a b c Hickey p.351 ^ Wilson, W.R.. "The Militia - Historical Narratives of Early Canada". Retrieved 2009-01-23.  ^ Hickey p.352 ^ Hickey, Donald R. (2006). Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0252031792.  v · d · e War of 1812 • Portal People Isaac Brock · James Madison · Andrew Jackson · Tecumseh Places Fort Detroit/Shelby · Indiana · Kentucky Battles Baltimore · Beaver Dams · Chateauguay · Crysler's Farm · Frenchtown · Lundy's Lane · New Orleans · Queenston Heights · Spur's Defeat · Thames Miscellaneous The Bold Canadian · Books · Campaigns · Chronology · The Hunters of Kentucky · Opposition in United States · Origins · Results  · The Star-Spangled Banner · War of 1812 Bicentennial See also: Tecumseh's War and Creek War